Biography

Mark D. Gerstein, a corporate partner and a past Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, advises clients on complex corporate transactions and corporate governance.

Mr. Gerstein regularly represents public and private companies, special committees of boards of directors, bidders, and financial advisors. Specifically, Mr. Gerstein helps clients navigate mergers and acquisitions – both negotiated and unsolicited – cross-border public company combinations, going-private and other conflict of interest transactions and shareholder activism.

Mr. Gerstein is widely recognized as a leading corporate lawyer. Clients describe him as a “superb negotiator with phenomenal commercial skills,” saying “his knowledge, skill and creativity contributes significantly to the success of the deal.” He also counsels boards of directors on a broad range of other matters, including takeover defense planning, strategic acquisitions and dispositions, including spin-offs and joint ventures, and corporate governance.

Mr. Gerstein is an adjunct faculty member of the Northwestern University School of Law, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of Northwestern University’s Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute and on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Gerstein serves on the Ravinia Festival’s Board of Trustees, is a current member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Guidance, which serves at-risk children in Chicago Public Schools, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the School of Literature, Science, and Arts at the University of Michigan, as well as of The Visiting Committee at the University of Chicago Law School.